Haiku

Haiku Poem About Months Of The Year

A haiku describing nature for each of the twelve months of the year.

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Analysis of Form and Technique

Haiku Year

© Paul Holmes more by Paul Holmes

Published on May 2014

JANUARY
Delightful display
Snowdrops bow their pure white heads
To the sun's glory.

FEBRUARY
Fresh green buds appear
Indicating spring will soon
Energize us all.

MARCH
Lambs gambol in fields
Frisky with the joys of life
Bleating happily.

APRIL
Bluebells stand so proud
Beneath trees so sparsely dressed
Fresh green leaves unfold.

MAY
Much awaited sound
Echoes heard amid dense trees
Cuckoo has arrived.

JUNE
Parks and gardens burst
With sounds and vibrant colours
Perfect harmony.

JULY
Beaches become full
Of families having fun
In sand and big waves.

AUGUST
Ripe golden harvest
Burning sun in azure skies
Labours rewarded.

SEPTEMBER
Swallows congregate
On telephone wires ready
To migrate down south.

OCTOBER
Red and gold leaves fall,
Crunchy as cornflakes beneath
Feet on a crisp morn.

NOVEMBER
Frosty webs sparkle
In the early morning sun
Brightly bejeweled.

DECEMBER
First few flakes of snow
Dust gardens like icing on
A chocolate cake.

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For Students - Analysis of Form and Technique

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Techniques this poem uses:

  • This is an example of a haiku. Each month is represented by a different haiku, which are 3 line poems that follow a syllable count of 5-7-5.

    Delightful display (5 syllables)
    Snowdrops bow their pure white heads (7 syllables)
    To the sun's glory. (5 syllables)

    Read more about haikus
  • This poem uses some of the five senses to describe aspects of each month.

    SOUND:
    Bleating happily.
    Echoes heard amid dense trees
    Parks and gardens burst
    With sounds
    Crunchy as cornflakes

    SIGHT:
    Fresh green buds appear
    Ripe golden harvest
    Red and gold leaves fall
    Frosty webs sparkle

    Read more about the 5 senses in poetry
  • This poem uses similes, which are phrases that compare two things using "like" or "as."

    First few flakes of snow
    Dust gardens like icing on
    A chocolate cake.

    Red and gold leaves fall,
    Crunchy as cornflakes beneath
    Feet on a crisp morn.

    Read more about similes
  • Try writing a haiku poem about each month yourself. To create your own "Haiku Year," think of a way to describe each of the twelve months. For each month you will write a haiku, which is a 3 line poem that consists of 17 syllables.

    Line 1: 5 syllables
    Line 2: 7 syllables
    Line 3: 5 syllables

    Use these questions to help generate ideas:
    What important moment is celebrated each month?
    What is the season of that month?
    How would you describe nature each month?

    Download: PDF-Try It Yourself ("A Haiku Year")

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